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These films are organized through the Cine Club, orchestrated under the framework of a group known as the Shaml and sponsored by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which receives funds from the German government.
According to the Ebert Foundation’s website, its primary mission is “promoting peace and understanding between peoples.”
Yet UN article 194 is touted by the German-sponsored Shaml as proof for an absolute “right of refugee” return.
That article states that: “Refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbors should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or in equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”
Besides Shaml, the Ebert Foundation also aids PASSIA: the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs.
In 2004, PASSIA, a Palestinian Authority-based academic organization, published a multicolored bulletin still in circulation titled “Palestinian Refugees,” offering facts and proofs to promote the “right of return.”
This publication highlights the German government-funded Friedrich Ebert Foundation as the sole sponsor of this brochure.
When the President of Germany, Horst Kohler, visited the Israeli Knesset in January 2005, an Israel Member of the Knesset, Gila Finkelstein, waved a PASSIA “right of return” brochure at President Kohler and walked out of the Knesset in protest.
Finkelstein met with President Kohler, to personally express her outrage that Germany would fund an effort that supported the “right of return,” a code name for dismembering Israel.
Kohler promised to look into the matter.
In April 2005, President Kohler wrote to MK Finkelstein that he relied on the professional judgment of the Fredrich Ebert Foundation and rejected MK Finkelstein’s protests.
Germany continues the policy of promoting the Arab “right of return,” allowing the two-ton key from the UNRWA Al Aida refugee facility in Bethlehem on a tour throughout Germany.
Perhaps Israel should launch a campaign to help Germans return to East Prussia.
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